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Centres
Bobby Clarke – 3
Gil Perreault – 3
Peter Stastny – 3
Ron Francis - 3
Doug Gilmour – 2
Joe Sakic – 2
Joe Thornton – 2
Marcel Dionne – 2 (*1 spot at centre, 1 spot at RW)
Norm Ullman – 2
Sidney Crosby - 2
Steve Yzerman – 2

It’s not surprising to see Stastny near the top of this list; he was the second-highest scorer of the 1980’s, but he never earned an “official” spot on an all-star team due to tough competition from Gretzky, Trottier, Dionne, etc. The same can be said about Perreault (who only earned two official all-star spots while competing against Clarke, Dionne, Esposito, etc).

I know that this will draw some criticism, but Yzerman’s voting record is a bit disappointing. Some people (not necessarily Detroit fans) say that Yzerman was consistently the NHL’s third best centre, but didn’t earn a lot of awards due to being stuck behind Gretzky and Lemieux. However, during Yzerman’s best years (1987-1997), numerous players (Hawerchuk, Savard, Sakic, Gilmour, Francis, Lindros, Oates, etc.) earned first, second and third-team all-star spots. Even if we exclude Gretzky and Lemieux, Yzerman wasn’t consistently the NHL’s best player, though, of course, he was near the top quite often.

Bobby Clarke (2-2-3), Marcel Dionne (2-2-2), Joe Sakic (3-0-2), Bryan Trottier (2-2-1) and Gil Perreault (0-2-3) all move up to 5+ all-star selections.

LW
Johnny Bucyk - 3
Ilya Kovalchuk - 3
Brendan Shanahan – 2
Dave Andreychuk -2
Frank Mahovlich – 2
Keith Tkachuk – 2
Mats Naslund – 2
Steve Shutt – 2

I was pleased to see Bucyk lead the way among LW’ers. Although Bucyk only earned a spot on two official all-star teams, he was always competing with Hull and Mahovlich, two of the top three LW in league history. He earned a spot on five all-star teams in total, including three third-team selections.

The all-time leaderboard consists of Bobby Hull (10-2-0), Frank Mahovlich (3-6-2), Ted Lindsay (8-1-0), Luc Robitaille (5-3-0) and Michel Goulet (3-2-1).

RW
Marian Hossa - 3
Rod Gilbert – 3
Bill Goldsworthy – 2
Brett Hull -2
Dino Ciccarelli – 2
John McKenzie – 2
Marcel Dionne – 2 (*1 spot at centre, 1 spot at RW)
Pavel Bure - 2
Rick Middleton – 2
Theo Fleury – 2
Tim Kerr – 2

Surprisingly, Marian Hossa was a few votes away from being a three-time all-star (though he was a distant third on two occasions). Brett Hull, Pavel Bure and Rod Gilbert are five-time all-stars if third-team spots are included.

Defense
Serge Savard – 5
Phil Housley - 4
Chris Pronger – 4
Larry Murphy – 3
Nicklas Lidstrom - 3
Scott Stevens - 3
Sergei Gonchar – 3
Al Arbour - 2
Barry Beck – 2
Brad Park – 2
Chris Chelios - 2
Dallas Smith - 2
Doug Wilson - 2
Guy Lapointe – 2
Harry Howell - 2
JC Tremblay – 2
Jim Neilson - 2
Larry Robinson - 2
Mark Howe – 2
Paul Coffey – 2
Ray Bourque - 2
Rod Langway - 2
Sergei Zubov - 2

Phil Housley is one of only three players to have 4+ third-team all-star spots. He only earned one official all-star spot, yet, despite his many limitations, Housley was sufficiently skilled offensively to be a good player for many years.

Pronger gets my vote for the Hall of Fame. He’s an eight-time all-star (1-3-4) with a Hart, a Norris, and three playoffs that are approaching Conn Smythe-calibre.

Lidstrom has a spot on fourteen all-star teams (9-2-3), ahead of Doug Harvey (though I don’t have enough data to determine the third teams for Harvey’s era).

Goalies
Martin Brodeur - 4
Ed Belfour – 3
Andy Moog – 2
Grant Fuhr – 2
Jacques Plante - 2
Johnny Bower – 2
Patrick Roy -2
Tony Esposito - 2

Belfour, almost certainly the fourth-best goalie of his generation, always seemed to be caught behind someone else having a better season. Still, there’s nothing wrong with 6 all-star selections (2-1-3).

Martin Brodeur now has an amazing 11 all-star selections (3-4-4). This ranks him tied for first all-time with Hall (7-4-0) and ahead of Plante (3-4-2).


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